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This is my second review on Santiam Rods Alaskan Travel Series , and as a bass fisherman I had the chance to field test their awesome SFC-764 four piece rod.  Since a kid I have loved to hike, or bike into remote areas and do some bass fishing, but most break-down style rods are spinning rods and just don’t work well with a bait casting reel on them.

Company: Santiam Fishing RodsSantiamLOGO

Series: Alaskan Travel Series

Type: SFC-764

Overall Length: 7’6″

Individual Lengths: 24-1/4″,24″, 24″,24″

Weight: 5.3 Ounces

Material: High Modulus GraphiteSantiam

Action: Medium

Line Weight: 8-17lb.

Lure Weight: 3/8oz-1oz

MSRP: $79.95

MLO Rating: 5 out of 5

Santiam RodsFor those who love to bass fish this is a must have four piece bass rod. All four sections are 24″ which makes it great for packing it up and keeping it in your vehicle, travel bag, or backpack.

Santiam RodsAll Santiam Fishing Rods come in a hard plastic tube with end caps which is perfect in you plan a long distance trip on a airplane, or even want to mail your rods to your fishing destination and better yet the tube helps to protect your rod from unwanted damage while not in use. Santiam also supplies a really nice holding bag with an individual slot for each rod piece. Once all four rod pieces are in the bag you can roll it up and and rod pieces are protected and ready for travel.

P1010181 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe Santiam SFC-764 is a great all around bass rod at 7′-6″ and a four power rating. I found this rod to work great while using Super Spooks, or working a 1/2oz. jig. It is rated for lures between 3/8oz.-1oz., but I did use some 2oz. swimbaits and never felt the rod could not hand the heavier weight.

Santiam RodsFor those not familiar with four piece rods, there is a male end, and a female end which the male end will slide into. You want to make sure each piece is pushed into the next with a very light pushing motion, but not too much or may damage the rod piece.Santiam RodsI found that while pushing in the pieces of the rod with a sleight turning motion while aligning the eyes worked best for me.Santiam Rods/ Andy AshbyI had former MLB pitcher Andy Ashby help me test the Santiam SFC-764 while hiking some local farm ponds and he found the Santiam four piece rod to work great helping him catch well over 30 bass along with a few monsters on jerk baits and absolutely get the job done.

Pro: Very light and compact, coming with a hard case and soft cast which makes keeping the rod from unwanted damage during transit. The rod never once felt like it was a four piece rod and all rod sections stayed perfectly aligned.

Cons: Not many I could find. You will need to add graphite lube to each section this will help to seat each rod section properly and help prevent section damage.

MLO Rating: 5 out 5

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.